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Kayaking and Hiking at Koman , Valbona and Theth in 4 Days

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4 Days

This active 4-day tour of Valbona and Theth in the heart of the Albanian Alps and the so-called ‘accursed mountains’ takes you to Lake Koman, Valbona Valley, and Theth village, and is a great combination of stunning nature, warm Albanian hospitality, and the mystic traditions and folklore of this region. Kayaking at Koman lake will give you the chance to explore most part of the Lake and Shala River. While hiking in the two villages, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful nature surrounded by mountains.

star rating  Andi and his sister were really welcoming! They told us lots about not just Albanian food but also Albanian history and culture, and the food we prepared was insanely good.... read more

Kirsten d
August 11, 2019

star rating  A big thank to Andi and Sindi for learning us about albanian cooking and history. This was our first experience with cooking class abroad. Good food, homemade wine and two... read more

Anne Kristin G
September 14, 2019

star rating  I found GoAsLocal on the internet and communicated with Andi about a private 8 day tour of Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo. He set everything up for a private... read more

avatar thumb TruthTraveler
October 22, 2022

I think no place where human beings live has given me such an impression of majestic isolation from the entire world. It is a spot where the centuries shrivel; the river might be the world’s well-spring, its banks the fit home of elemental instincts–passions that are red and rapid.

Edith DurhamEnglish traveler, and writer on the Balkans visited the area in 1908
Tour Details
Hiking in Theth and Valbona Natural Park

With the magnificent mountain scenery as your backdrop, you’ll be kayaking on Lake Koman and doing one of the most panoramic hikes in northern Albania on a historic trail from Valbona to Theth, a path that has been used for centuries for trade and exchanging goods.

To add to your authentic experience of Albania, you stay at traditional, family-based guesthouses where you usually get welcomed not as a customer, but rather as a family guest.

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up in Tirana

Pick up in other cities upon request 

Departure Time

o5:00 am


Price Includes

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Guesthouse (Koman Lake, Valbona & Theth)
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Diners for all overnights
  • Professional Tour Guide through all the trip
  • Ferry Tickets & Kayaking
  • All transportation

Price Excludes

  • Last lunch in Shkoder
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Horse caravan of request - 50 euro / horse


  • Hiking Shoes , Hat, Comfortable Clothes
  • Suitable Clothes for kayaking (swimsuit)
  • For a private double room there is a 10 euro / person /night extra charge
  • For a private single room there is a 20 euro / night extra charge
What to Expect
Hiking in Theth and Kayaking in Koman Lake
This 4 Days Tour of Koman Lake, Valbona, and Theth is an intensive tour, a program for participants with a good level of fitness. 
The first day is mainly based on driving, sailing, and Kayaking on the Koman Lake, exploring some of the most intriguing parts of the lake and its canyons. 
The next day is dedicated to exploring more the Valbona village and all the Valley. We will be surrounded by amazing nature and will get introduced to the local lifestyle. 
The Big Hike of the third day has a maximum distance of 20 Km with a maximum elevation of 1000 meters. Several Stops in rural bars before and after the peak. 
An exploration of Thethi village on the fourth day, including also a brief view of Shkodra. 
Tour of Valbona, Theth and Kayaking in Koman Lake

Day 1Tirana - Kayaking in Koman - Berisha Village

Be ready for an early start as we leave Tirana at 05:00 to drive toward Lake Koman to catch a ferry that departs at 09:00 to the other side of the lake, Fierza. After reaching Berisha village, our base for the night, we head out on Lake Koman on kayaks with a dramatic backdrop scenery of densely forested hills, vertical slopes, and deep gorges. We’ll be back at the guesthouse around 13:00 for lunch, after which you have free time for some more kayaking on this stunning lake. Dinner and overnight in Berisha.

Day 2Berishe - Valbona Valley

Heading back the same way we came, we catch a bus and a ferry at 10:20 to the other dock of the lake. The drive from Fierza to Valbona takes around 45 min passing through the town of Bajram Curri, the gateway to Valbona Valley. After a lunch break in Valbona, we gear up for a little hiking trip in Kukaj. This hike to this very remote area in Valbona Valley where it’s still all about self-sufficient living takes about 1-2 hours and is a great warm-up for the big hike tomorrow. Dinner and overnight in Valbona.

Day 3Hiking from Valbona - Theth

Also called as the Big Day of the tour, we now set off on the thrilling hike from Valbona to Theth following the ancient path that the locals have been using for years. Back in the days, it was only possible to travel from Valbona to Shkoder on foot taking two full days of walking! Walking on this path we will pass through the oldest part of the village where people are still living in their more than 100-year-old stone houses that are remarkable remnants of the past.
The 20-km trek offers spectacular views of long rocky valleys and lush green forests. We stop for lunch at one of the traditional cafés along the way, but do stock up on snacks just in case. After trekking for about 7-8 hours we arrive in Theth that will for sure amaze us with its unique nature, history, and traditions including the village’s symbol, the Lock-In Tower.
Overnight and dinner at the guesthouse.

Day 4Theth - Shkoder - Tirana

After breakfast at the guesthouse, the beautiful Gurnas waterfall, located around a 45-min walk from the center of the village, is our last stop before leaving Theth behind. It’s about a 3-hour drive to Shkoder with a lunch stop on the way. You will have free time to explore Shkoder before hopping on our private and comfortable transport to journey onwards to Tirana where the tour ends in the evening.

Kayaking at Koman & Hiking
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Line Gertz

Group Traveller

Vi havde nogle super søde guider. Der er en del transporttid på de fem dage, men der er super smuk natur undervejs! Trekkingturen er også en fed oplevelse og udfordring 😁

October 24, 2021

Amanda Walters

Solo Traveller

Fantastic trip Kevi was a great guide and understanding on the hike as i went so slow! The accomodation, food, landscapes all great and i was added to a group trip we all got on well and share some wonderful memories. I would not hesitate to recommend this company for a tour 😊

August 31, 2021


Solo Traveller

Fantastisk oplevelse!
Andi (værten) var bedre end jeg kunne have drømt om! Koman Lake og turen fra Theth til Valbona var som at være med i en film. Jeg følte mig som af Frodos efterfølgere.

En kæmpe stor anbefaling.

July 31, 2021

Ellison Fellers

Group Traveller

Incredible experience, looking forward to my next trip already! Our small group tour with Go As Local was an amazing experience from start to finish. Our guide Andi provided expert knowledge and introduced us to a lot of local experiences that would be hard to find traveling solo. The Theth to Valbona hike was breathtaking and we had a full meal in Theth at a local homestay before departing. Andi keep us going when the trail got difficult and kept spirits up, while sharing a lot about Albania, his experience growing up there, the history and the local way of life. We also took the ferry through Koman Lake (WOW), stopping at another local guest house where we spent the day kayaking and enjoying the surroundings. Thank you again for the adventure!

July 30, 2021


Family Traveller

Went to Albania last year because a friend showed me photos of the food. We decided to do a small hiking tour in the mountains and the scenery was GORGEOUS. Felt like I was in Skyrim or Lord of the Rings. If you like waking up in a cabin facing the mountain slopes with blue skies in a valley, look no further. I was really impressed by the farm to table food on the trip, everything was fresh, simple, and delicious. The star of the show was our guide Andy who patiently helped us navigate the trails. He had many stories and knowledge of Albanian culture. He was also passionate about food and showed us interesting berries, local foods, and restaurants. Thank you Andy for not only being the best tour guide but also a friend in a beautiful country.

October 9, 2019

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